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From the Net to Your Neighborhood


Published April 13, 2010


NeighborMedia presents a panel discussion:

From the Net to Your Neighborhood: Using the Web to Connect Your Community and Encourage Civic Engagement. April 13, 2010 at Cambridge Community Television.

Whether you want to raise awareness about an important local issue or gather people for a community event, you can make use of web tools that are inexpensive and often easy to use, to organize those in your community. We'll cover strategic uses of blogging, web video, social networking, web sites, and more. Come learn how six Cambridge individuals have used these tools for positive change in their communities and organizations, and how you can too!

The discussion will feature presentations from the panelists about their current projects, and their best practices and tips for using web/new media tools. After the presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. This event will be taped by CCTV and televised live on Channel 10, and will also be shown at a later date.

View the resources and examples the panelists discuss here.

Panelists Include:

* Moderator: Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Director of MIT's Center for Future Civic Media;
* Garrett Anderson, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Director of Efficiency Projects & Energy Advisor, on CEA's use of Twitter and other social networking tools;
* Toni Bee, Area 4 correspondent for NeighborMedia, presents "Digital without a Dime," discussing options for inexpensive web tools;
* D.C. Denison, Boston Globe technology writer and Porter Square Neighborhood Association webmaster, on creating an effective community/neighborhood website;
* Anita Harris, Author of the New Cambridge Observer blog, President of the Harris Communications Group, and former PBS journalist on how to write a successful blog and encourage people to engage with it;
* Mark Jaquith, East Cambridge correspondent for NeighborMedia, on how NeighborMedia has helped him further the mission of Cambridge causes, organizations, and projects;
* Karin Koch, NeighborMedia correspondent and host of Vida Latina, on her integration of blogging, video, and social networking for the Latino community in Cambridge.


Run time 122 minutes 1 seconds
Producer Cambridge Community Television
Production Company Cambridge Community Televison
Audio/Visual sound, color

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